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History of Arriate

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History of Arriate

Arriate looks across the Mountains from the slopes of the Guadalcobacîn, a tributary of the Guadiaro, at the heart of the Ronda area. The river that borders the municipality to the north and east provides visitors and locals alike with some of the most beautiful scenery along its banks, which at points are lush spots of natural beauty. Along the side of this arterial river, there are fertile plains that reach almost up to the village itself. These are, in the main, planted with olive trees, cereal and vegetables. Arriate also enjoys a wonderfully priviledged position, and, even though they are not within the municipality itself, the mountains known as Las Cumbres (954 metres) and Salinas (954 metres) add an impressive backdrop to the village from afar.

Although the origin of Arriate comes from Arab settlements, and the name derives from the Arriadh (meaning the orchards), it does not appear as an independent village until August 8, 1630, to join again in 1635 to the region of Ronda. Years later, on February 14, 1661, get the final separation of the city and jurisdiction of Ronda.
Both past and present of Arriate are marked by this separation and its proximity to the city of the Tajo (about 12 kilometres) as the most active arriateños circulate in both directions which has raised occasional domestic dispute with those who claim the identity arriateña. And do not forget that the municipality of Arriate is the smallest in the region, with 832 hectares. Both, however, are correct its own position.
The most prominent historical event focuses on the so-called Battle of Arriate, which took place in 1407, in which the warden of Cañete la Real laid a trap to Muslim armies inflicting heavy casualties. In 1959, Arriate registeres the highest number of people in its history.

The village sits on the plateau of Ronda with a surface that provides the uniqueness of being very productive. In fact, about 85 percent of the land is arable. His greatest ecological heritage will be found in the throat of the Ventilla stream.

From the architectural point of view, the people makes the typical construction of the seventeenth century: maintains the tradition of stone houses, mortar, mud, whitewashed walls, low-sloped roofs and backyards.